Thursday, November 24, 2016

Treasure Chest Thursday: The Autograph Book Tells a Tale

The standard records told the life story of Joseph Norman Gorrell.  Census records said he lived in Blackwater, Cooper County, Missouri as a child and Webb City, Jasper County, Missouri as an adult where he raised his four children. A marriage record indicated he lived in Kansas City, Missouri because he married his wife, Matilda Pearl “Tillie” Davey there in 1900. City directories confirmed some other locations in Missouri, Kansas, and Iowa, where he worked in the telephone industry as a lineman.

However, an autograph book that I scanned this week, told of another tale of his life before his marriage. I have a couple of these books in my collection, where friends and family signed pages with little poems, scripture, or hopes for their future. What is so precious about these pages is having the actual handwriting of your ancestors and their friends.



Joe’s autograph book is missing the first page. I can see where it had been torn our. This might have been a page that described his receiving the book for a particular occasion. As I read the pages, it seems like a “going away” book. It is full of advice for a young man about to go out on his own.

The entries were not placed in any order. One must look at every page to find the earliest entry which appears to be in early January 1893. These entries from 1893 are from friends and family members who lived in or near Blackwater, Missouri, where Joe was born.

Jan 9, 1893 entry by Maud Hill. The torn page is seen on the left.

Entries from his family included his parents, Amos and Catherine Gorrell, his sisters, Linnie, Ada, and Lou. Missing was one from his brother, Arthur.  His father had great advice.

Sept 6, 1893 entry by his father, Amos Gorrell

Be kind to all they fellows
Be intimate only with a well chosen few
Always save up a portion of your earnings
No telling what may hapen to you
Shun evry temptation to do evil
Improve evry opotunity to do good
Don't be led astray by the Dveil
But always honor thy God
Your Pa Pa  A. Gorrell
"Be Thou strong therefore"
"And show thyself a man"
1st Kings 2nd v 2
His mother, also wrote advice in the form of a prayer:

August 30 entry by his mother, Catherine Elizabeth Gorrell

It is the later entries that tell a tale that other records  not yet found would have told. The entries in 1896, 1897, and 1898 were from Los Angeles and Pasadena. The entries from 1894 were from The Dalles in Oregon. And there was one entry from a person in Oak Lake, Manitoba!

In The Dalles, Oregon lived his step-brother, May Mansfield Sayre. It appeared that was Joe’s first trip west. It was likely that May got him a job there.

Jan 6 1894 entry of May Mansfield Sayre at  The Dalles, Oregon

Later, he was working in Los Angeles and other cities in California. The story heard by family was he worked building telephone line where ever there was work. 

Nov 7 1896 entry of Chas Spangler in Los Angeles

By 1900 he was back in Missouri, working as a lineman for the Missouri & Kansas Telephone Company in St. Joseph.

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Friendly Fill-Ins for Thanksgiving


Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun is a great one today.



Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1) This is a fun meme co-hosted by McGuffy's Reader and 15 and Meowing (thanks to Suzanne McClendon on the P.S. Annie blog for the links).

2) Fill in the blanks for these four statements:

1. One Thanksgiving tradition I have is __________________________.
2. Black Friday ______________________________________________.
3. The best part about Thanksgiving Day is _______________________.
4. One Thanksgiving, _________________________________________.


3) Tell us in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Facebook or Google+ post. Be sure to drop a comment to this post if you write your own blog post and link to it.

Here's mine:

1. One Thanksgiving tradition I have is making cornbread stuffing. This was always the kind we had while growing up. My mother and her mother were from Texas, and I think this is truly a southern dish.

2. Black Friday is a shopping day I avoid. I'd rather go bird watching, bike riding, or watch a movie. I did go one year to the mall with my mother-in-law. Oh, what a mad house. Did get most of the shopping done, though!

3. The best part of Thanksgiving Day is the smell of the turkey cooking and the getting together with family.

4. One Thanksgiving I missed because I was in labor with my first daughter. My mother-in-law came to stay with me for a week when I got home from the hospital. She offered to cook and I requested Thanksgiving dinner. She used my mother's recipes. What was so great, was my quiet father-in-law said after tasting the cornbread stuffing was "just as I remember as a boy." He'd grown up in southern Missouri. From that point forward, my mother-in-law added some cornbread to her stuffing! (Funny how he had never complained about the soggy stuffing before.)



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Friday, November 11, 2016

The Mixed-up Richmans (Reichmann): His, Hers & Theirs?

In the previous blog post about Henrietta Fiday, we discovered that she was listed in the 1900 census as a Henrietta Richman. After analysis, it was thought that she was indeed Henrietta (Sievert) Fiday, the mother of Magdalene Reichman, and not the mother of Joseph J Reichman.[1]

Jos. J. Richman and wife, Magdalene were living in Joliet at 207 Johns Street.[2] Here is an image of a portion of the census. This was a second marriage for both Joseph and Magdalene.

1900 Will Co, Illinos for Jos. J. Richman (Reichmann)

Here is the transcription:
Richman, Jos J, head, w, m, Mar 1850, 50 m2, 3 yr, Germany, Ger/Ger, 1870, 30 yr, na, butcher, house
                Magdalene, wife, w, f, Jan 1852, 48, m2, 3 yr, 7 child/4 living, Germany, Ger/Ger
                Elizabeth, dau, w, f, Sep 1878, 21, mar, 3 yr, 1/1, Indiana, Ger/Ger
                Frank, son, w, m, Aug 1883, 16, sing, Indiana, Ger/Ger, butcher
                John, son, w, m, Apr 1886, 14, sing, Indiana, Ger/Ger, grocery & meat M.
                Ferdinand, son, w, m, Jun 1888, 11, sing, Indiana, Ger/Ger, at school, 9 mos.
                Julius A, son, w, m, June 1876, 23, mar, Illinois, Ger/Ger, butcher
                Frank, son, w, m, Feb 1899, 1, sing, Illinois, IL/IN
                Laura, adopted dau, w, f, Apr 1896, 4, sing, Illinois, IL/IL
                Henrietta F, mother, w, f, Apr 1828, 72, wd, 10/7, Germany, Ger/Ger, 1854, 46 yrs here

Several questions were posed at the end of that post that need some answers about the mixed-up family of Richmans in Joliet, Will County, Illinois in 1900. The questions posed from the previous blog post:
  • Was Magdalene, Joseph’s wife, Henrietta’s daughter?
  • Or was Henrietta actually Joseph J. Richman’s mother?
  • Which of the children listed belonged to Joseph and his first wife?
  • Which children might belong to Magdalene and her first husband?
  • Do any children belong to Elizabeth or Julius who were both listed as married?
  • Where they married to each other?


Analysis
The first two questions have been answered by the previous blog post: Was Magdalene, Joseph’s wife, Henrietta’s daughter or was Henrietta actually Joseph J. Richman’s mother? It was determined that Henrietta Richman was really Henrietta Fiday, living in the household of her son-in-law, Joseph J. and daughter, Magdalene.

Now it is time to sort out who the rest of the family was. Everyone was listed with the same surname but it is possible that some of the children belonged to Magdalena and her first husband, Joseph Waber, a butcher from Austria who died in 1889. There were three known children, based on the 1880 census: Joseph, Herman, and Lizzie.[3]  Joseph Waber died in 1889. The census above indicates that Magdalene had seven children, so it was certainly possible that four more children could have been born between 1880 and 1889 to equal the seven total.

So which children could be Magdalene and Joseph Waber’s? Since they were living in Indiana at the time of Joseph’s death, the children who were listed as being born in Indiana are likely candidates:
Elizabeth, dau, w, f, Sep 1878, 21, mar, 3 yr, 1/1, Indiana, Ger/Ger
Frank, son, w, m, Aug 1883, 16, sing, Indiana, Ger/Ger, butcher
John, son, w, m, Apr 1886, 14, sing, Indiana, Ger/Ger, grocery & meat M.
Ferdinand, son, w, m, Jun 1888, 11, sing, Indiana

These children were listed together in descending age order.  So how to test that these were really the sons of Joseph & Magdalena Waber? Research them further. Marriage and death records might name their parents. In doing some searching on Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org, the following information was found:

·         Elizabeth Waber married Julius A. Reichmann on 11 May 1898.[4] This matches the number of years of Elizabeth’s and Julius’ marriage in the 1900 census. They also have been married long enough to have had one-year-old Frank. She was also the two-year-old, “Lizzie” in the 1880 census with her father, Joseph Waber and mother Lena.[5] This age matches her age in the 1900 census.

·         Frank Waber was found living at 207 John in the 1900 Joliet City Directory.[6] This was the same address as the census record. On a death record for Frank J. Waber on 27 Oct 1956, his parents were named: Joseph Waber & Madalyn Fiday.[7] The actual certificate needs to be ordered from Cook County, Illinois.

·         John J. Waber was living with brother-in-law Julius A. Reichman and sister, Elizabeth in Joliet, Illinois in 1910.[8] His mother, Magdalena Reichmann, also lived in the household.  The death index for his death of 15 Feb 1959 in Evanston, Cook Co, Illinois, stated his mother as Madeline Feitag.[9]

·         Ferdinand Waber was found in Joliet City directories. He was living with his brothers, Frank J. and John J. at 207 John in 1908.[10] 

Then the next person listed was Julius A. Richman, at age 23. He was married. No wife was listed below him, but it is likely that Magdalene was Julius’ wife, and the one-year-old Frank, was their son.
Julius A, son, w, m, June 1876, 23, mar, Illinois, Ger/Ger, butcher
Frank, son, w, m, Feb 1899, 1, sing, Illinois, IL/IN
Laura, adopted dau, w, f, Apr 1896, 4, sing, Illinois, IL/IL

Julius A. Reichman died 30 Jul 1929 in Joliet, Will Co.[11] His death record listed his parents as Jos. J. Reichmann and Louise Nockerfunek and his spouse as Elizabeth Waber. So Henrietta couldn’t be his mother.

Now Laura Reichman, the four-year-old adopted daughter has not been found in other records. Was she a Reichman, a Waber, or someone else? More research is needed.

Conclusion
Elizabeth, Frank, John, and Ferdinand were the children of Magdalene from her first marriage with Joseph J. Waber. Julius A. Reichmann, was the son of Joseph J. Reichman, and the husband of Elizabeth Waber. Their son was the one-year-old, Frank. Henrietta was Henrietta Fiday, the mother of Magdalene. There were no children of Joseph J. and Magdalene Reichmann in the household.

This family was a blended family of "His" and "Hers" but got lost under a "Theirs" by everyone being listed under one single surname, Richman.

*Magdalene Fiday was the author's first cousin, three times removed.



[1] “Henrietta (Sievert) Fiday Was Lost Among Reichmans,” blog post, 6 Nov 2016, http://mytrailsintothepast.blogspot.com/2016/11/henrietta-sievert-fiday-was-lost-among.html.
[2] 1900 U.S. census, Will County, Illinois, pop. sched., Joliet, Ed 126, sht 7a, p. 140 (stamped), dwelling 135, family 135, Jon J. Richman, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 6 Nov 2016); citing NARA  roll 353;.
[3] 1880 U.S. Census, LaPorte County, Indiana, LaPorte, ED 85, p. 23c (penned), dwelling 205, family 226, Jos. Weber, digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 May 2012); citing NARA T9, roll 292..
[4] “Illinois, Marriage Index, 1860-1920,” Julius A Reichmann to Elizabeth Waber, 1898, Ancestry.com. I need to order this marriage record.
[5] 1880 U.S. Census, LaPorte County, Indiana, LaPorte, ED 85, p. 23c (penned), dwelling 205, family 226, Jos. Weber, digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 May 2012); citing NARA T9, roll 292.
[6] Wiggins Joliet City Directory, 1900, p. 610, Frank Waber, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 Nov 2016).
[7] “Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994,” 1956, no. 1027, Frank J. Waber, index, Familysearch.org (http://familysearch.org : accessed 8 Nov 2016), citing Digital Folder Number 100673704.
[8] 1910 U.S. Census, Will Co, Illinois, Joliet, ED 173, sht 4b, dwelling 74, family 79, Julius A Reichmann household, digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 May 2012); citing NARA T624, roll 334.
[9] “Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994,” 1959, John J. Waber, Familysearch.org. Another record to order.
[10] R.L. Polk, Joliet City Directory, 1908, p. 730, Ferdinand J. Waber, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 9 Nov 2016).
[11] "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916–1947," Julius A. Reichmann, 1929, index, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 9 Nov 2016); citing FHL film 1643318.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Treasure Chest Thursday : Letter to Beaver County Genealogy & History Center


I made a research trip to the Beaver County Genealogy & History Center in Beaver, Pennsylvania[1] on July 2, 2016. They have great records: books, maps, microfilms, tax records, and vertical files. In the vertical file for the surname GORRELL, I found several queries and submitted genealogies. To my surprise was a letter written by my husband’s aunt, Ada Thomason, in 1975. I knew she was interested in family history but I didn’t know she wrote letters of inquiry.

1975 Letter from Ada Thomason to Beaver County Historian

Actually the letter was written to the historian, county clerk, or other official in Beaver. Beaver is the county seat for the county of Beaver in Pennsylvania.

She stated the information about the family as she knew it: parent’s and children’s names, birth, marriage, and death dates, and then asked a specific question. She wanted to know if there was an epidemic in 1841 that caused the death of the four oldest children.

A copy of the reply was also in the file.

1975 Letter to Ada Thomason to Beaver County Historian


Margaret Ross, the Director of Genealogy, answered the letter, stating that there was no official historical reference to an epidemic in 1841, but that  some of the older persons around told her it was probably a diphtheria epidemic since this was quite common about that time.

It was pretty cool to find documentation that Ada Gorrell Thomason had done some genealogy research.


[1] 250 East End Avenue, Beaver, PA 15009; http://beavercountyhistory.org/

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Henrietta (Sievert) Fiday Was Lost Among Reichmans

Henrietta Charlotte Sievert was the sister of my second great-grandfather, Vincent Sievert.[1] He and three other siblings all immigrated to the United States in the 1850’s.  Henrietta and her husband, Joseph Feitag arrived in New York aboard the Bark Elida on 22 May 1854 and along with her sister, Eva and her husband, Christoph Winke, and her brother, Johan Siewert and his wife, Anna.[2]

1854 Ship List of the Bark Elida for the Siewert & Freitag families

In the United States, the Feitag named morphed into Fiday. There were many records with at least three versions of the spelling: Feitag, Freitag, and Fiday, along with a variety of spellings of these names. The passenger list from Hamburg had their name spelled Freytag which is pronounced the same as Freitag. Freitag in German means “Friday.”

1854_Hamburg List for J. Freytag (see last line above)

Joseph Fiday died 16 Apr 1895 and was buried at Saint Johns Cemetery in Joliet.[3] Henrietta died 7 May 1902,[4] and she was also buried at Saint Johns.[5] So what happened to her between Joseph’s death and her own? Where did she live?

In searching the 1900 Federal census, I couldn’t find Henrietta Fiday in any household. Often widowed mothers would live in households of their daughters or sons. I adjusted the search parameters to search on Henrietta’s first name only and birth year around 1828.  One possible return came up: Henrietta F. Richman. Her daughter, Magdalene, married Joseph J. Reichman on 12 Jan  1897.[6] Here is a portion of the census entry.

1900 U.S. Census, Will co., Illinois, Jos. J. Richman (Reichman) household with Henrietta Fiday
Some observations about this census:
  • On first glance, the head of the household looks like Jas J. (for James J), but it could read as Jos. J. (for Joseph J).
  • When I first read the number of years married, it appeared to be 23 years. I immediately thought I must have the wrong family. But looking closer, the “2” after M for married, refers to the number of marriage, as in this is a second marriage for both, which is the case. So the number of years married then is 3, which matches the marriage date of 1897.
  • Everyone in the household has the same surname. It is Henrietta F. Richman, who I think could be Henrietta Fiday. She is the correct age at Apr 1828 and seventy-two years old to be Henrietta Fiday. She was a widow. The census listed ten children with seven living. Nine known children were born to Henrietta and two known children had died before 1900: Johann (back in Posen) and Josephine Owen who died the previous year.[7] That makes seven known living children. Her immigration year was listed as 1854 and that was the year of their arrival.

Conclusion
There is a strong case that Henrietta Richman was really Henrietta Fiday, who became lost among all of the other Richmans in this census entry. To be certain, the rest of the household should be analyzed.

Questions to answer in the next set of research: 
  • Was Magdalene, the wife of Jos. J. Richman, Henrietta’s daughter? 
  • Or was Henrietta actually Joseph J. Richman’s mother? 
  • Which of the children listed belonged to Joseph and his first wife? 
  • Which children might belong to Magdalene and her first husband? 
  • Do any children belong to Elizabeth or Julius who were both listed as married? 
  • Where they married to each other?

Stay tuned to the next installment.


[1] In Posen, the surname was spelled Siewert. It was spelled Sievert in America and that spelling will be used in this writing.
[2] "Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1957," Bark Elida, 22 May 1854, p 5, Joseph Feitag, digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com).
[3] Find A Grave, database with images (http://www.findagrave.com : 6 Nov 2016), Memorial# 81532800, Joseph Fiday.
[4]Will County, Illinois, Register of Deaths, Family History Library, 1902, No. 9791, Josephine Fiday; fhl film 2342566 item 3. Note, Josephine was listed as the first name for Henrietta inadvertently. It was most likely Henrietta, as the death date on her tombstone matched the death date of the death record.
[5] Find A Grave, database with images (http://www.findagrave.com : 6 Nov 2016), Memorial# 81532838, Henrietta Fiday.
[6] Will County, Illinois, Marriages, p. 87, 1897, Joseph Reichmann to Magdalena Waeber, FHL film 1673899.
[7] Will County, Illinois, Register of Deaths, 1899, no. 7453, Josephine Owen; Family History Library film 2342566 item 3.

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your First Presidential Election

It's Saturday Night again - time for some more Genealogy Fun!!
Here is my assignment this week from Randy Seaver from Genea-Musing:

1)  The 2016 Presidential election is this coming Tuesday.  When did you vote in your first Presidential election and, if you choose, who did you vote for?  What about your parents?  When did they first vote?
2)  Share your responses in comments to this blog post, or in your own blog post, or on Facebook or Google+.  Please leave a link in Comments if you write your own blog post.

My first election was in 1972. I was eighteen and was able to vote because of the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution changing the voting age to 18. It became effective 7/1/1971. My girlfriend’s older brother was also voting for the first time, but he was four years older and had waited until he was 21.


The two candidates were the Republican, Richard Nixon and the Democrat, George McGovern. I have to admit that I couldn’t remember the democrat’s name and had to looked it up. I registered as a Democrat, as my parents had all their lives, and voted for McGovern.



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Friday, November 4, 2016

Did Josephine (Sievert) and Harry J. McNeill Move to Cleveland?

Josephine Sievert was the ninth child of Vincent Sievert and Susanna Raduntz. She was born 16 Oct 1871 in Joliet, Will County, Illinois.[1] By the time she was a teenager, she was working as a seamstress.[2] She lived where her family at 1148 N. Hickory until her marriage to Harry J. McNeill on 26 Feb 1900.[3] Here is an image of the marriage license and certificate.

1900 Marriage Record for Harry J McNeill &
Josephine Seavert in Joliet, Will Co., Illinois

They were married early in the year and I expected to find the couple living together in the 1900 census in Joliet. However, I could only find one couple who matched most of their statistics in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.[4]

1900 U.S. Census, Cuyahoga Co, Ohio for Harvey J. McNeill

right side of the same census record of Harvey J. McNeill

Analysis
So let’s analyze this entry to decide whether this couple is the same couple who married in Joliet. The 1900 census was conducted on June 1. The entry for Harry and Josephine was done on the 9th of June. This was a little over three months later. So it was possible that they moved to Cleveland. We’ll look at several pieces of information.

Name: One conflict from this census was the spelling of Josephine’s husband’s first name. Here he was called Harvey J. and was Harry J. on the marriage record.  The middle initial and the spelling of the surname matched between both records.

Birthdate/Age: It stated that he was born June 1877 and was 23 years old, though it appears to be crossed out and 22 put in. He probably was born in the later part of June and has not had his birthday yet. The marriage record said he would be 23 years old on his next birthday. Josephine’s birthdate was listed on the census as Oct 1876 and that she was 24 years old, with the age crossed out and replaced with 23. The marriage record gave her age at her next birthday as 24. So this information agrees with the information on the marriage record. However, there is a baptism record for Josephine from the St. John’s Catholic Church which gave her birthdate as 16 Oct 1871 and her baptism as 21 Oct 1871.[5] This is a conflict. If this date was correct, then Josephine would have been six years older than Harry. It is quite possible that she lied about her age to make herself closer in age to Harry.

Marriage status and date: They were both listed as being married and the length of time as 5/12 of a year, or 5 months. If married in February and counting from February to June, that could be counted as five months.

Birthplace: They both stated as born in Illinois, the same as the marriage license.

Occupation: The rest of the information on the census gave “Harvey’s” occupation as a superintendent at a steel mill and that they were renting a house. On the marriage record, he was a gas maker. According to the “Old Occupation Names” at the Hall Genealogy Website, a gas maker was a real occupation.[6] Coal was heated to make gas to be used for lighting, heating, or powering a gas engine. It is possible he would have the skills to work at a steel mill.

Information that supports this is the same couple that were married in Joliet:
·         They were a newly married couple that have been married just five months.
·         Harry/Harvey’s age and birthdate matched the marriage record.
·         His occupation was similar though not identical.
·         Both gave Illinois as their birthplace.

Conflicting information:
·         He was called Harry in the marriage record and Harvey on the census.  Harry could be a nickname for Harvey.
·         Josephine’s age on the marriage and census records conflict with her birth certificate and baptismal records. However, it is possible that a woman might lie about her age if she was considerably older than her future husband. Here, she was six years older.

Conclusion
My current thinking about Josephine and her newly married husband, Harry J. McNeill, is they moved to Cleveland, Ohio shortly after their marriage. They were not in Joliet in the 1900 census, nor did Harry McNeill appear in city directories in Joliet in the years just before 1900 nor just after. He appeared in city directories in Cleveland after 1900.

Let me know what you think.



[1] State of Illinois, Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Statistics, Certificate of Birth, Will Co, 1871, no. 1330, Josephine Sievert, FHL 1992139.
[2] W.F. Curtis & Co's, Joliet City Directory, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), 1889 p 366, Josephine Sievert.
[3] Will County, Illinois, Marriages, no. 19082, 1900, Harry J. Neill to Josephine M. Seavert; FHL film 2342847.
[4] 1900 U.S. census, Cuyahoga Co, Ohio, pop. sched., ED 86, Cleveland, sht 7a, p 40 (stamped), fam 137, Harvey J McNeill, digital image,  Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), citing National Archives and Records Administration, T623.
[5] Baptism of Josephine Sievert, Church of St. John the Baptist, Joliet, Illinois, 1871, Josephine Sievert, Bk 2, pg 48, no. 70.
[6] “Old Occupation Names,” Hall Genealogy Website (http://rmhh.co.uk/occup/g.html : accessed 4 Nov 2016).

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The 1831 Marriage of Daniel Shotts and Mary Ann Bishop of Ross County, Ohio

Daniel Shotts and Mary Ann Bishop were my children’s third great-grandparents on their father’s side.

On 28 March 1831, Daniel Shotts married Mary Ann Bishop in Ross County, Ohio.[1] They had obtained their license on the 19th of March and were married nine days later by Pleasant Thurman.

1831 Ross Co., Ohio Marriage
Daniel Shotts & Mary Ann Bishop
So what can be learned from this record? There were no other records with Pleasant Thurman listed on the same page. Some of the marriages on the page did identify if the officiant, perhaps as M.G. (Minister of the Gospel) or even by identifying the church. So was Pleasant Thurman a minister? He could also have been a justice of the peace.

Searching in Ross County records on Ancestry.com, I found Pleasant Thurman living in the area in the 1820, 1830, 1840, and 1850 censuses. The 1850 census for Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio, gave no occupation. He was sixty-six years old.[2] In an abstract of death notices from newspapers, specifically from New York Evening Post, I found a death notice for Rev. Pleasant Thurman, dying at age 73 on 11 Feb 1856.[3] He was from Chillicothe, Ohio. So he was a minister. Now I want to find which church was he affiliated with.

In Appleton’s Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Volume 6,  the biography of statesman, Allen Granbery Thurman, listed his father as Rev. Pleasant Thurman, a minister of the Methodist Church in Chillicothe, Ohio.[4]

The Shotts and Bishop families lived mostly in Huntington Township. The Mt. Olive ME church was built at Bishop Hill and was said to be the first Methodist church built in the township, but I can’t determine when it was built.[5] Could the church have been built and this was the place where Mary Ann and Daniel were married? Or were they married at the Methodist church in Chillicothe, the county seat of Ross County?

The marriage record itself does not indicate the marriage location. But what is known, the couple were married by a Methodist minister.



[1] "Ohio County Marriages 1789-2013", Vol C, p 255, Shotts-Bishop, 1831, database & digital images, Familysearch.org (http://familysearch.org : accessed 25 May 2015); citing FHL film 281649.
[2] 1850 U.S. census, Ross County, Ohio, pop. sched., p. 53 (stamped), dwelling 819, family 819, Pleasant Thurman, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 2 Nov 2016); citing NARA M432, roll 725.
[3] “U.S., Newspaper Extractions from the Northeast, 1704-1930,” New York Evening Post, p. 93, 1856, death notice, Rev. Pleasant Thurman, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 2 Nov 2016); citing Deaths Taken From The New York Evening Post from April 23, 1855 to March 17, 1856, Volume 32, copied and compiled by Gertrude A. Barber, 1942, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts.
[4] James Grant Wilson, editor, Appleton’s Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Volume 6,  p. 108, Allen Granbery Thurman bio, digital image, Google Books (http://books.google.com : accessed 2 Nov 2016).
[5] Henry Holcomb Bennett, editor, The County of Ross, Selwyn A. Brant, Madison, Wisconsin, 1902, p. 344, digital image, Google Books (http://books.google.com : accessed 2 Nov 2016).

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